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the study of demons or demonic beliefs
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



in a number of religions a teaching concerning evil spirits that originated historically from a primitive belief in spirits.

Demonology is most important in religions with a dualistic division of the universe into a world of good and evil (for example, Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism). In later religions that experienced the influence of Zoroastrianism (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) demonology also became an important part of doctrinal belief.

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Rational superstition: The writings of Protestant demonologists. In Helen Parish & William G.
For early modern demonologists and ordinary villagers alike, women, and especially older women, were more likely to be witches.
As Gowland remarks, many of the symptoms attributed to a corrupted, wounded, or damaged imagination (the so-called prava or laesa imaginatio) were often attributed instead to the doings of demons and evil spirits; after all, 'for neo-Platonic philosophers, neo-Galenic physicians and demonologists alike, the imagination interacted not only with the physical world, but also with the preternatural and celestial domains'.
Returning to the sequel are Patrick Wilson (Fargo) and Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air) as renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to Enfield in North London to help a single mother raising four children in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
As headlines spread around the world, Ed and Lorraine Warren - self-styled 'demonologists' - flew in to investigate.
As headlines spread across the world, Ed and Lorraine Warren - self-styled 'demonologists' - flew in to investigate.
The dictionary covers a field with porous boundaries; as the authors point out in their introduction, demonologists of Shakespeare's time were interested in a variety of phenomena in addition to demons and devils, including ghosts, spirits, angels, astrology, witchcraft, magic, divination and prophecy.
Entries relate to African and Afro-atlantic, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Native American traditions; ancient and classical western civilizations; biblical literature, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam; specific countries and regions; European folklore; exorcists and demonologists; hauntings; new age aspects; political movements; popular culture; notable cases of possession; psychological, sociological, and medical interpretations; shamanic traditions; and spiritualism and related traditions.
Mastery and the Faustian Pact on the Early Modern Stage" (31 -46); Laura Levine, "Danger in Words: Faustus, Slade, and the Demonologists" (47-60).
Doctor Faustus presents an entirely heterodox view of the supernatural, reflecting accurately the predominant intellectual convictions outlined by Renaissance demonologists. In turn, the witchcraft in Lancashire Witches operates according to these Marlovian methods.
He used old school techniques -- it was set in a time with no computer-generated effects, so why use them?The movie opens with married celebrity demonologists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga).